Latrobe, Rev. C[hristian]. I[gnatius].
Journal of a Visit to South Africa in 1815, and 1816. With some account of the missionary settlements of the United Brethren, near the Cape of Good Hope.
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London: Seeley and Ackermann, 1818. First edition (pp. vii, directions to binder; 406, index). Small folio (27.5 cm) in half leather over marbled paper, gilt title and decorations; folding map of Cape of Good Hope, eleven (of twelve) fine aquatints by Ackermann, and three b&w plates drawn variously by Black, Havell, and Stadler. ‘…the coloured aquatint engravings, whether by Melville or Latrobe, would appear to have been redrawn by R. Cocking, it is of interest that the only merit Latrobe claims for the sketches is that they are 'scrupulously exact in outline'. This accuracy is almost certainly due to the fact that Latrobe used a portable camera obscura to capture the outlines. He twice refers to this camera obscura, once on page 73, when he relates how, when it was standing “in a position which showed the church and the grove, with people passing and repassing”, the Genadendal Hottentots were “exceedingly amused and astonished”. These… aquatints are in three tints, grey, black and brown, with hand water-colouring. They are extremely competent in composition, technique, and colouring, and in the writer's opinion, are superior to most illustrations in other contemporary books of South African travel.’ With the bookplate of W. Mallalieu (Sir William Mallalieu?). Neatly rebacked. Clean, bright, and sound.
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